In addition, the act includes an amendment proposed by Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-Wash.) requiring the Pentagon “to implement a standardized and comprehensive suicide prevention program.”
The number of suicides by active-duty troops had risen to 166 by October 31, 2012, more than the total number for all of 2011. “[T]his amendment seeks to reduce wait times and improve access to mental health care; ensure proper diagnosis; and achieve true coordination of care and information between the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs,” said Murray in a statement. The House of Representative must now vote on the bill.
To read more about military-related mental health issues, see Psychiatric News here and here.
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